I'm considering picking up a low cost bass (~$300 range), prefer a PJ setup based on a lot of reading on TB and elsewhere. Currently I only have a short scale acoustic but have decided it's not flexible enough to play with other people. Looking for something that can cover a range of playing styles - basically that can fit into whatever comes my way. For now it will be used with my old Acoustic B100 amp. I was able to try out the Mezzo at a local GC. I don't mind the shorter scale but I'm not sure if going active is the best way to go for a cheap bass. I also like the looks of the Yamaha BB234 but don't have access to one to try out. I prefer a Jazz type neck to the Precision and I've ready that the BB234 is somewhat in between so will probably be comfortable enough. But I was wondering if anyone had compared these two basses. Also open to suggestions on a lower end PJ bass. I should say I also like the sound and feel of a Squire Jazz that is a little more expensive than these (I think the Classic Vibe version) but I don't know enough about the different pick-up configurations to know if the Jazz has the flexibility of the PJ. I also have spent some time playing Mustangs ($500) but I really have trouble getting a good sound out of them. Maybe 30" is too short for me. I really find it's hard to compare basses in guitar stores. Probably need to spend a LOT more time playing them to get a really good feel for the differences. Thanks for any help or recommendations on this.